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I Bought a used guitar and want to change the wiring. It came with the EMG 81/85 set up, 1 volume, 1 tone and a 3 way toggle. The emg's were not original and the person that installed them never changed the pot. So they act more as on/off switches than what they are supposed to do. I bought new 25k pots and .1uF caps (as per the EMG site). Now.....I want 2 volumes and no tone control. And I want the center of the toggle to be dead or off. I will never combine the 2 pups and would rather have the toggle act as a kill switch. I also will never use the tone on this particular guitar so I want a separate volume for each pup. Oh ya. And i want to run 2 batteries. Not a separate battery for each pup. I want the whole circuit at 18 volts. Thanks in advance. Tom.

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Did you check the ones on the emg site or email them about custom wiring diagrams, because they have both there.

Yes. I went there first. The wiring diagram files keep coming up as having missing components and dont load. I have also tried several other backdoor ways into it through links on other sites. Even if i did get their diagrams, I don't think they will have what I'm looking for.

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A standard three way toggle will never work as you are wanting, because the center position is always just the signal from each of the two leaves to the output. You are describing an on/on/on switch, which you would have to purchase in order to do this, but they are typically smaller in size and less aesthetically pleasing. If I were you, I would just put in a separate submini on/off SPDT where one position shorts the output jack to ground. Much cheaper than buying an on/on/on switch (especially since you would probably have to fix the toggle switch hole).

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wire it up just like you would passive pickups just leave the bridge ground off and ad the battery wires to it.

btw if it happenst o have a fender style three way you can do like a bridge, neck, off, but bridge, off, neck would cause a pop, you need to ground the output to turn it off other wise it will sound like you just unpluged your guitar cable and nobody wants that nasty pop.

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